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Princeps
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('the first') indicates in Latin the primacy of an individual as recognized by (aristocratic) society. Generally, princeps in both singular and plural (principes) describes the leading men in any – even a non-Roman – state, the members of an order or other elites.

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I. Roman Republic

In the Roman Republic, princeps (civitatis) particularly denoted membership in the group of the most influential and most prominent citizens (Varro apud Serv. Aen. 1,740; Cic. Sest. 97 f.). Through their…

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de Libero, Loretana (Hamburg), “Princeps”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 31 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1008540>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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